I’m perpetually on the hunt for a cozy, chic restaurant with warm, lively ambience and great food. When I find myself in a foreign city, I like to ask the locals “Hey, where should I go for dinner?” followed by the cozy/chic/lively/warm/yummy aforementioned description. In Glasgow, I got one answer: Stravaigin.
Stravaigin (meaning “to wander about; to roam” in Scottish…how perfect is that for someone with wanderlust like me, womanistas??) is tucked away in the hip west end area of Glasgow, abuzz with a cool-factor normally reserved for a trendy bistro in New York, London, or San Francisco.
Upstairs is the loungy bar area – complete with a long zinc bar and reclaimed-wood “wine board” displaying the wine offerings by the glass. The bar area also houses an old, warm fireplace and a community high-top table underneath an urban, wiry light fixture. The atmosphere is very much “chill out, order a great cocktail, unwind with cool people who could care less if you are actually cool.”
Downstairs is home to the restaurant. You descend the steps, pass through and open kitchen, and emerge into a small, candlelit bistro. It is perfection for a romantic date, or an intimate night with friends. We settled into a laid back, delicious meal which started with a wine flight of rich reds and some complimentary eggplant dip served with warm pita bread. (I mean, so yum. I need to figure out how to make it at home!) Stravaigin uses locally grown ingredients to serve up seriously delicious worldly fare – an ode to their motto “Think Global. Eat Local”
We enjoyed some perfectly cooked mussels, steamed with a sweet chili and coriander broth and served with a crusty baguette.
Per the waitresses suggestion, we ordered the green pea, semi-dried tomato, and ricotta ravioli, and the tequila-lime mackerel filet served up with fennel, orange, and pistachio salad for our mains – along with a juicy bottle of spanish rioja.
Another notch in Stravaigin’s belt of fabulous? Our entire 3 course meal with wine cost just under 70 pounds! A perfect meal when you are road-weary and ready to relax.
For a town that gets a pretty bad rap for fine dining (Glasgow has no michelin-starred restaurants and they aren’t happy about it!), Stravaigin is a shining star. If you find yourself wandering through Glasgow and yearning for a cozy restaurant that packs a serious foodie punch, definitely head to Stravaigin.
Happy Glaswegian dining, womanistas!
xo, the Womanista